Peachtree Audio

What's wrong with this picture? I'll give you a hint—it's the same thing that's wrong with most of my pictures. No, I'm not talking about the white balance or ISO levels I'm referring to the fact that there are no people. And more than most rooms, the Peachtree Audio room is about people.

a slightly blurry David Solomon (standing right of center) and Jonathan Derda (standing to his right)

Peachtree's David Solomon and Jonathan Derda are a standup (hi-fi) act. I had the pleasure of hearing David introduce the three systems in the Peachtree room and David also introduces the music you're about to hear as well as giving some idea of what he likes about it and what you may want to listen for. In my opinion, the Peachtree presentation is a model for how to get people involved in hi-fi. And one way to do it is to let people hear what it is about the listening experience that gets you excited.

It also really helps your case if you're excited in-a-positive-way and here the guys from Peachtree consistently shine regardless of the price of the system they're introducing you to. All I have to say is, Bravo! After all, when all is said and done we're talking about the enjoyment of listening to music on a hi-fi and while some people feel the need make it seem more important, scientific, and objective, enjoyment is nothing to sneer at.

Frank Guerrero's picture

>>And one way to do it is to let people hear what it is about the listening experience...

Thank you for pointing this out - I completely agree with you. The very same thought came to mind over and over when, going from room to room at RMAF, I'd encounter an exhibitor who would simply play full-length songs, one after another, without talking about their products, what to listen for, what you would be listening to or pause for questions. Worse yet were rooms that were hosted by dealers, who after all, are there to sell product - they should know better.

Along with Peachtree, Totem and Wisdom particularly stood out for fixed demos which included all of the above. And if you wanted more information, there were breaks between the demos to ask.


Michael Lavorgna's picture

The idea that a show can be a social event and even a learning experience seems to be overlooked by some exhibitors.